Adult Education

Looking to grow in your faith, knowledge of Judaism, and/or learn Hebrew?
Bet Shalom offers a wide range and variety of education opportunities!

All of our Adult Education classes are online for the time being. Links will be provided to join our classes.

Judaism 101

Judaism 101 is an introduction to the basics of Judaism and its history, customs, traditions, and philosophy. This course provides a broad overview and is for those interested in, or new to, Judaism, or anyone seeking to renew or enhance their Jewish knowledge.  For some, it is a partial fulfillment of the requirements of our conversion program and adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. This course provides an opportunity to explore many of the questions we have about Judaism, the Jewish people, and the Jewish way of life

Classes meet from 10:00-11:30am on the fourth Sunday of each month (September-May) and from 5:30-7:00pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month (June-August).

The first step is to meet with a Rabbi. Please email Jackie Kay to schedule an appointment prior to registering for the course.

Registration is ongoing throughout the year. To enroll CLICK HERE.

CLASS SCHEDULE (Sundays from 10:00-11:30am, unless otherwise specified.)

2020:
Sunday, September 27: Who Is a Jew? 
Sunday, October 25: Jewish History
Sunday, November 22: Jewish Literature
December: No Class

2021:
Sunday, January 24: Prayer
Sunday, February 28: Holidays
Sunday, March 28: Jewish Life Cycle
Sunday, April 25: Holocaust 
Sunday, May 23: Gender in Judaism
Tuesday, June 8: Israel, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, July 13: American Judaism, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, August 10: Ask the Rabbi, Ask the Cantor, 5:30-7:00pm

 

Shabbat Morning Torah Study | Saturdays, 9 am - On Hiatus Until the High Holidays Are Completed

Explore the teachings of the S’fat Emet (the pseudonym of the Hasidic Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, 1847-1905) on the weekly Torah portion, in which he wrestles with timeless issues in the text.

Rabbi Locketz and Rabbi Crimmings  will be joined by Rabbi David Thomas in facilitating this weekly session. Rabbi Thomas is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has been a board member for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He is deeply involved in social action initiatives. He recently moved to Minneapolis to be near family upon retirement from being Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury Valley, Mass. Bagels and coffee will be served.

The first Saturday of each month will be led by Rabbi David Thomas.

Weekly Torah Study

Have you ever wondered what is contained in the rest of the Tanach, our Hebrew Bible? Our weekly “Beyond Torah Study” session focuses on what comes after the Five Books of Moses comprised of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Join fellow Bet Shalom members to study the rest of the story together.

Currently reading the Book of Hosea, this community of learners studies Biblical themes, history, content, and context. No experience is necessary, and you are welcome to join the group at any time.

Weekly Torah Portion/Parashat Hashavua: Join Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings, and fellow Bet Shalomians each week to discuss the weekly Torah portion. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is required. All texts are studied in English. You are welcome to bring your lunch.